Keeping the foodservice equipment marketplace up to date with the latest menu and concept trends.


Managing food-related allergens will always be an issue operators need to address. In this article, we explore how operators from the college and university, healthcare and commercial foodservice sectors work with their staffs and customers to minimize the risk and maximize the enjoyment of their menus.

Farm to table. Rustic, natural, organic, comfort. The buzzwords flying around food, chefs and restaurants have hit the tabletop, from earthenware plates to mason jars, simple silverware and roughed-up wooden furniture. From the East Coast to the West, the consensus on trends is clear: it's all about farmhouse simplicity.

Using a basic equipment package to provide often theatrical food production, Asian restaurant concepts continue to grow in popularity.

With the foodservice industry's business environment slowly improving, now is the time for many operators to get back on track with their equipment maintenance programs.

Modernizing an ancient cuisine may seem like a stretch, but Chi Lin in Los Angeles manages to take Chinese food to a unique new level.

Typically a truck crashing into the front of a building brings with it negative repercussions. In the case of Dinkel's Bakery in Chicago, the event was a blessing in disguise.

Missoula, Mont., may seem like an unlikely place for a Mongolian grill chain's success story to begin, but it was here 14 years ago that Dan, Linda and Andy Vap created the first HuHot Mongolian Grill.

This new kitchen incorporates technology that is changing the way staff prepare meals for the homebound, disabled and elderly in this community and perhaps the country.

When it comes to food waste diversion from landfills, the landscape is changing dramatically, primarily due to state and municipal regulations, according to Andrew Shakman, president and CEO of LeanPath. We caught up with Shakman to hear his thoughts about how operators are engaging in waste diversion — and waste prevention too.

When family-owned Kneaders Bakery and Café opened its first location in 1997, this part of the foodservice industry had not yet risen to the heights it enjoys today. That the fast-casual chain has not only persevered in the face of stiff national competition, but also continues to travel a growth path remains a testament to this concept's success.

With slightly more than two months left in the current year, many foodservice professionals have begun planning for 2014, including looking ahead to what's on the horizon in terms of changes and trends in the industry. 

Although they have been around for a while, energy management systems (EMS) have been slow to catch on in the foodservice community. That may soon change, however, due to a growing number of restaurant chains exploring whether these efficiency tools can help reduce energy consumption.

An overview of induction cooktops, including maintenance and replacement tips. 

Today's cocktail culture continues to prompt foodservice operators from all industry segments to emphasize their bar areas. Doing so has a variety of implications on design, equipment selection and more.

While the restaurant industry as a whole struggles to reach projected growth rates that remain stuck in the single digits, one segment continues to rise above them all: bakery cafés. Indeed, operators in this segment continue to enjoy the sweet taste of success thanks to diverse menu offerings that feed consumers' desire for perceived better-for-you foods and convenience.

When it comes to making over an existing restaurant, operators would be wise to invite their supply chain partners to collaborate on equipment choices, layout and more to help develop an effective and efficient layout.